War on the Human: New Responses to an Ever-Present Debate now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of War on the Human: New Responses to an Ever-Present Debate, edited by Theodora Tsimpouki and Konstantinos Blatanis.
The essays in this collection explore the question of the human, both as a contested concept and as it relates to, and functions within, the wider global conjuncture. The authors explore the theoretical underpinnings of the term “human,” inviting the reader to reflect upon the contemporary human condition, to identify opportunities and threats in the changes ahead, and to determine what aspects of our species we should abandon or strive to maintain.
The volume approaches these ideas from a myriad of perspectives, but the authors are united in their abstention from rejecting humanism outright or, indeed, fully endorsing posthumanism‘s teleological narrative of accelerated progress and perfectability. Instead, the authors argue that the term “human” itself is better understood as a concept perpetually undergoing revision, and is necessarily subject to scrutiny. The contributors here are thus concerned with investigating the following questions: What does it mean to be human, or to have a self? What is the current place or status of the human in the contemporary world? As technology is increasingly used to modify our bodies and minds, to what extent should we alter – and how can we improve – our very understanding of human nature?
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About the Editors
Theodora Tsimpouki is Professor of American Literature and Culture at the Faculty of English Language and Literature of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. She is the author and editor of several books and articles in the field of American literature and culture.
Konstantinos Blatanis is Assistant Professor of American Literature and Culture at the Faculty of English Language and Literature of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. He is the author of the book Popular Culture Icons in Contemporary American Drama (2003).